What is coconut soy wax, and where does it come from?
Our coconut soy wax is a 100% natural wax that is predominantly comprised of coconut wax. It is fortified with soy wax to increase the melting point (hello, Summer temps!) and balance the burn profile. There is absolutely no paraffin (refined kerosene) wax in our blend.
I see a lot of coco-soy candles in stores. Are Laurel & Vine's any different?
Yes! Our candles are made from a coconut soy blend wax that is completely free of paraffins. Coco-soy candles have become very popular over the last few years and for great reason -- the wax is beautifully creamy and typically gives greater fragrance throw than 100% soy. But, after seeing some tricky wording on some candles she had purchased, L&V Founder, Steph, reached out directly to top boutique candle makers to ask, "Does your wax contain paraffin?".
The answer every single time was "Yes", even when candles were marketed with "all natural wax blend".
That was the catalyst for Laurel & Vine. Steph started the hunt, sourcing the most environmentally responsible materials and elevated design.
What's the big deal with paraffin wax?
Paraffin wax is a highly refined petroleum product that is chemically identical to kerosene. Even food grade paraffin has been refined from oil and gas production. The overwhelming majority of coco-soy candles contain paraffin but are marketed as "all natural".
Laurel & Vine believes the use of paraffin wax in candles is problematic for two reasons: (1) health and (2) environment.
Health: While studies have ultimately been inconclusive on the toxicity of burning paraffin candles - a 2009 study found toluene is emitted from burning paraffin, while a 2007 study found that toxins are released but at levels below those known to be harmful - we believe that the risks to our families' health outweigh the reward of easier candle making.
Environment: We believe luxuries are no place for additional carbon demand and emissions. And while the carbon impact of burning a paraffin candle may seem insignificant, consider the journey that crude oil takes to make it from the oil field and into your candle vessel - the drilling, the refining, the shipping - suddenly that feels much more impactful.